On Saturday 1st June I hosted a Cake Sale & Craft Fair at Festival Hall in Alderley Edge to raise money for Macmillan and St Ann’s Hospice. After my nana passed away in December I wanted to do something for the charities that took care of her as they did an amazing job. Both charities had also been there for my grandfather when I was young and family friends. The idea started out as a simple cake sale, but then grew into a craft fair too. I’ve never done anything like this before, but luckily I had my family, friends and colleagues to help me make it a success!
Festival Hall is situated away on Talbot Road behind the main shopping area in Alderley Edge, it was built in the 1920s and is a unique venue with ballroom chandeliers and dance floor. It holds many local events including exhibitions, festivals and dancing.
There were both cakes and hot drinks on offer on the day, my sister Corrine, her boyfriend Dave, and her friend Jennie manned the kitchen serving tea, coffee and squash all kindly donated by Costco and The Co-operative Food. The donations were really key to my event, I wanted all the profit to go to the charities, and donations allowed me to do this.
Some of the delicious cakes on offer…! As well as myself, my stepmum, mum, sister, sister’s friend Jennie, auntie, my friend Sophie, and my nana’s friend Alan all baked. Suffice to say we weren’t short of cake! There are some links below to the recipes on my blog if you’d like to make them at home.
Cherry, Ginger and ANZAC Cookies, Chocolate Brownies, Vanilla Cupcakes, and Double Chocolate Cookies.
Chocolate Cupcakes, Marmalade Cake, Choc-Orange Rice Krispie Cakes and Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Blueberry & White Choc Traybake, Coconut & Lime Loaf and Chocolate Brownies donated by Lush Brownies.
A selection of Flapjacks, Iced Fruit Cakes and Blueberry Cake with a Buttery Glaze.
There was also a tombola with prizes such as champagne, books, cuddly toys, toiletries and vouchers kindly donated by The Bubble Room and Stuart Thornley Cake Design. My mum ran the stall all day and it was really successful, we only had about five prizes left at the end of the day and they have either been sold on ebay with the profits adding to the total, or taken to the St. Ann’s Hospice charity shop.
A tombola winner happy with his prize!
There was a great selection of stall holders on the day. Chrissy Jones makes felt and fabric toys and greetings cards.
Oooh Betty! makes toys and cushions. I love the pug cushion – so cute!
Hannah Smith Stone is an old school friend of mine who designs and carves items out of natural stone and slate such as door signs and coasters. She offers personalised orders and will custom the design and lettering for you.
Poppy Designs handcrafted jewellery is made from Murano glass, sparkling Swarovski, and handmade beads and pendants.
Margaret Williams makes a variety of handcrafted items including small applique cushions, bags and pictures, hanging hearts, wicker hearts and quilted notebooks.
Jessica Best, owner of Bestie Handmade Crafts makes handmade fabric items such as heart garlands, baby accessories, phone cases, fabric cards and bags. Her items are full of floral and shabby chic prints, very Cath Kidston style!
Phoenix Cards had stall with their cards as well as homemade greetings cards.
Rubbish Revamped were offering craft workshops. They aim to inspire you to transform your rubbish and other neglected items into fun and even practical crafts! I’m definitely a big fan of recyling and I think turning ‘junk’ into useable items is a fantastic idea.
Cherish the Moment stepped in at the last minute when I had a cancellation and brought along a gorgeous selection of their handmade jewellery & giftware, teddy bunny collectibles, door stops and associated giftware and memorabilia.
Julie Robinson owner of The Crafty Little Cottage makes some gorgeous textile products such as bags and cushions. I really love the prints she uses!
Bourb’ems are a new business that have been set up by one of my work colleagues Emma. She make cupcakes as well as bourbon biscuits filled with delicious chocolate hazelnut filling
Cheshire Books sell fun and interactive books for children, their owner also runs the Handforth Craft Fair, which is held on the 1st Sunday of every month at Honford Hall.
Sue & Glynis are local crafters to Alderley Edge who sell jewellery, hair accessories and handbags.
Cheeky Chefs had a decorate your own gingerbread biscuit station set up for both little and big kids! The aim of the company is to introduce children to the fun of cooking from an
early age by giving them skills they’ll use their whole lives. They host a wide range
of parties and run cookery clubs in schools and venues across the North West. See their website for more details!
Nuke the Magician kindly donated his time and amazing skills to entertain the visitors. Nuke has been part of the UK’s Magic Circle for over a decade and is available to entertain you and your guests at weddings, proms, birthdays and corperate events.
Sand Art Supreme were offering sand art workshops for children. Natural sand is used to ‘paint’ self-adhesive and illustrated cards. The picture drawn is pre-cut and ready to sand paint. Peelable parts on the picture must be removed and coloured sand applied for painting. A great and fun activity for kids!
Nuke impresses the visitors with his stunning tricks!
The cake stall customers were spoilt for choice by the selection!
A little visitor enjoying the Sand Art Supreme stall!
I’m so pleased with how the fundraiser went, I am pleased to announce that I raised…
for Macmillan and St Ann’s Hospice! I’m so thrilled by this and can’t thank everyone involved enough for helping me to raise such an amazing sum.